PROS / You can choose from over 165,000 images and clip art items.
CONS / There is no option for mail-merge sharing.
VERDICT / PrintMaster Platinum is one of the best creative printing applications with its intuitive user interface, excellent customer support, and high-quality templates and graphics that let you personalize your projects.
PrintMaster Platinum offers templates for the most popular home projects, including greeting cards, scrapbooks and business cards, and it has dozens of templates for crafts and children's art projects. The intuitive user interface, the simplicity of adding and editing images, and the large selection of beautiful images are the reasons why PrintMaster Platinum is the winner of our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for creative printing software.
This printing software has a solid list of beautiful and professional-looking templates. You can select from over 4,700 organized by category, or you can search for a template by keyword. Once you make your selection, editing the elements within the template is easy. The original template stays in view at the bottom of the screen so you can see the changes you've made.
The user interface is easy to understand and navigate. All of the design and editing tools are located on the left of the screen. At the bottom of the toolbar, you can preview your project, print it, export it to shareable file types and even order professional prints of it. You can order photo albums and calendars you create directly from the manufacturer.
This photo printing software offers a number of fun projects in addition to the normal creative printing projects. You can create 3D photo cubes with your vacation pictures, customize place cards for a dinner party, print your own paper dolls and make matching party favors to create a theme.
This print software has over 165,000 graphics to choose from, or you can easily drag and drop your own photos into the application. You can search for graphics by category, subcategory or keyword. When you add images or graphics, you have many options for editing them. Before you accept a photo you add, you can adjust the center of focus by zooming in or out and repositioning the image within the allotted template space. You also can rotate images and graphics to any degree, unlike in some programs that only allow you to rotate in 30- or 90-degree increments.
This print management software has many effects you can add to your graphics and images as well. A great feature is that you can control the opacity of any image or graphic, making it more or less visible. This means you can take one of your own photos, make it very faint and use it as the background for one of your projects without distracting from the more important elements on the document. This is a very personalized effect that may appear to friends as if you created it from scratch, not from a template. You can also crop, mirror, flip or add a drop shadow to your images.
Editing your photos is also easy. You can adjust the color and brightness, add color effects such as blur or negative, and remove red eye. This printing software also lets you cut your photos into fun shapes or rip the edges. You can also use the drawing tools to add shapes, lines or paint. All of the design and editing tools are located on the left of the screen. You can expand or collapse any tool as you like, but when you select a specific element – clip art, graphic, image, text – the appropriate editing tool automatically opens, ready for your commands.
Customizing your text is just as easy as editing the images, and you have many effects at your disposal. You can edit existing text in templates or add your own. When you add a new text box, you can type directly in it and use the editing tools on the side. If you misspell anything, the spell-checker underlines it in red. You can choose from over 750 font choices and adjust the size, alignment and color. You can add a drop shadow, rotate the textbox or adjust the opacity – the same as you can with graphics.
PrintMaster Platinum enables you to share your projects on Facebook, which will serve you well if you are accustomed to communicating with friends and associates and making celebratory announcements on social media. You can also burn files onto a DVD, which gives you a better way of preserving scrapbooks and certificates than paper. One shortcoming of this software is the lack of mail merge, which is an easy way of sharing your projects via email. This is a useful feature for businesses and families, and its absence from this software limits your sharing options.
Help & Support
This software's publisher, Broderbund, offers solid help and support options. You can search for your answer in the online knowledgebase or FAQs, which provide an option to search by keyword, and the website has video tutorials on how to use the software. There is also a contact number for the manufacturer, and you can send an email to customer support.
PrintMaster Platinum gives you a potent project builder with thousands of templates for the most popular print projects like cards, scrapbooks and business cards, and other projects like photo cubes, party favors and paper dolls. You can choose from thousands of graphics and clip art or add your own photos. You can edit and add effects to your images, text and fonts. Despite its surprising lack of mail merge as a sharing capability, PrintMaster Platinum is one of the best printing software applications on the market.